October 23, 2012, 8:59 PM — Dell added three new consumer-grade devices to its Windows 8 lineup Tuesday, including the XPS 10 Windows RT tablet, the Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet, and the Inspiron 15z Ultrabook, and two business PCs.
The new devices are available for pre-order now, but ship times vary depending on the device. Based on Dell's current shipping estimates, the Inspiron 15z starts shipping Monday, October 29, following the Windows 8 launch on Friday, the Latitude 10 begins shipping mid-November, and XPS 10 deliveries start in mid-December.
Here's a closer look at Dell's latest additions to its Windows 8 line-up.
First announced in late August, Dell's XPS 10 tablet features a 10.1-inch touch display with a resolution of 1366 pixels by 768 pixels, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage, a 2-megapixel webcam, a 5MP rear-facing camera, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows RT.
Pricing for the XPS 10 starts at $499, which matches the price of Microsoft's Surface tablet that became available last week.
An optional Kensington KeyFolio case with stand and keyboard for the XPS 10 will run an additional $74.
The tablet is targeted at both home and business use, said Alison Gardner, director of product group brand and messaging at Dell. As the use of personal mobile devices grows in the workplace, Dell has added features for system administrators to easily secure and manage the tablet.
For example, IT managers can remotely disable the tablet if lost or stolen. Custom software images can also be deployed across a fleet of XPS 10 tablets.
"It depends on what the IT manager is willing to deal with or the features they prioritize," Gardner said.
Connectivity features, including 3G/4G mobile broadband options, will be offered with the tablet in the future, she added. The S4 chip in the XPS 10 already has a built-in LTE radio.
The $499 price for XPS 10 was no surprise to Sarah Rotman Epps, senior analyst at Forrester Research.